PhD in Business - Economic Analysis and Accounting

Deadline: 26.02.2024


Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Nord University Business School (HHN) educates the economists, managers and innovators of tomorrow. The Business School provides relevant education and research holding international level through its close cooperation with business, public management and society. The Faculty offers a PhD in Business. Nord University Business School has 2,800 students and 230 employees. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Market, Organisation and Management; Economic Analysis and Accounting, High North Knowledge and Traffic.

Read more: www.nord.no/hhn

Do you want to contribute to new knowledge relevant for businesses and society?

About the position

A PhD in Business prepares candidates for careers in academic institutions, research-oriented international and national organizations, and the industry. You need to have a keen interest to do research in the area of economic analysis and contribute to new knowledge and innovation. Intended start of the position is August 2024. As a research fellow you will be part of the Economic Analysis and Accounting Division and participate in regular research seminars with international scholars as well as the social life at the Business School.

We are looking for candidates that will explore topics within one of these two areas:

  • “Sustainable transport” Transportation has far-reaching welfare effects. However, the sector is under scrutiny to become more sustainable. Your project should aim to find solutions that balance the environmental, economic and social aspects of transport systems – thus contributing to more sustainable transport. 
  • “Accounting for emergency” Your project should focus on the diversity of global responses, which could prevent or mitigate the causalities of wars that lead to subsequent disasters—economic downturns, food shortages, ecological catastrophes, forced immigration, refugees, asylum seekers or a global deficit of natural resources.

As a PhD candidate, you will:

  • participate in a structured program with doctoral courses, article writing, and scientific conferences and seminars
  • have the opportunity to go on research stays at foreign universities
  • receive guidance and support from experienced supervisors and researchers
  • be employed for 4 years, 25% of the time you will perform work tasks at the Business School such as teaching, supervision, planning and conducting seminars and the like

Project sketch:

As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary sketch for the doctoral project related to one of the two specified topics. This should be a maximum of 5 pages and present possible ideas for the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. The project sketch will be included in the competence assessment.

You will create a final project description in collaboration with the supervisors during the first two months after employment. This will be the basis for the formal admission to the doctoral program in business economics.

You will preferably have an office in Bodø. It is assumed that you are present and available at the office location on a daily basis.

Qualification requirements

  • Completed a five-year university education (300 credits) including a two-year master’s degree in business economics or equivalent education with a master’s thesis as the final scientific work. At least 90 credits should be within a subject area that is relevant for the doctoral project. Candidates who complete in the spring of 2024 are encouraged to apply.
  • Good grades from the master’s degree (normally grade B or better both on average and on the master’s thesis)
  • Good knowledge of English, both written and oral (the thesis is written in English)
  • Good knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language will be an advantage. If Norwegian language is considered necessary to carry out the outlined project, good knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is a requirement.
  • Good analytical skills and relevant method knowledge

Requirements for English skills

Good knowledge of English is a requirement for participation in the doctoral program.

 International applicants must document English skills through one of the following exams/tests:

  • English in Norwegian high school (at least 140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a result of 580 or better on the written test, alternatively 90 on the online test (all individual results must be 20 or better). Nord University’s TOEFL code is 1648
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with a result of 6.5 or better
  • University of Cambridge First Certificate in English or Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English.

You also meet the language requirement if you:

  • Are exempt from the requirement according to the overview in the GSU list
  • Have completed at least one year of university studies in the USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, Australia or New Zealand
  • Have completed a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree and you can document that English was the language of instruction

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • The quality and relevance of the project description for the Business School
  • The master’s thesis and academic specialization in the master’s study
  • Grades and language skills
  • Your motivation for the position
  • Relevant experience from research work
  • Personal suitability

Candidates who already have a Ph.D. degree will not be considered for the position.

We offer

The positions are paid according to the State’s regulations, PhD candidate code 1017, normally NOK 532 200,- in annual salary with a 3% increase per year. From the salary, a statutory deposit goes to the State Pension Fund.

  • Good loan, insurance, and pension scheme in the State Pension Fund
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active company sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. 

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Application process

An administrative sorting of the applicants will be done according to the qualification requirements, then the applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Relevant applicants will be called for an interview and possibly other tests.

The faculty notes that it reserves the right not to hire applicants who are scientifically qualified but do not meet other criteria.

After the application deadline has expired, a public list of applicants will be prepared. We note that information about the applicant may be published even after a request to be omitted from the applicant list. Applicants who still request confidentiality must justify this separately in the application. The applicants will in that case be pre-notified about publication.


Applications must be submitted electronically by February 26, 2024.

The application should include:

  • Application letter with a description of your motivation to apply for the position
  • Complete CV (education, work and teaching experience and overview of any scientific publications)
  • Copy of diplomas for both bachelor’s and master’s education and relevant certificates
  • project sketch of 3-5 pages where you explain the idea for the Ph.D. project, progress plan, theoretical and methodological approach
  • Your master thesis
  • Name and contact information for 1-3 references (name, your relation to the person, email, and phone number)
  • Other activities considered relevant for the position and wished to be taken into consideration in the assessment

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

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